by Audrey Thomasson
WHITE STONE—Painting the center span of the Robert O. Norris Jr. Memorial Bridge may be delayed because design plans have not been completed.
“The contractor, M&J Painting Company, continues to design the platform and containment system that will be used to paint the center spans of the Norris Bridge,” said Virginia Department of Transportation communications manager Kelly Hannon.
Once the plans are submitted, they must be reviewed and approved by VDOT before work can begin, said Hannon.
“Since this design and review is still under way, no work has mobilized on the bridge yet,” she said.
Based on information presented at VDOT’s “Pardon Our Dust” meeting last September, work was expected to begin in mid-January.
“We still anticipate the contractor can achieve a projected completion date of January 2018,” said Hannon.
VDOT does not yet have an installation date set for the temporary traffic signals at the bridge. The signals will control single-lane closures in place 24 hours a day, seven days a week, during the painting project.
“As soon as an installation date is available, we will communicate it so motorists can plan for this new traffic pattern,” said Hannon.